A Cat Falls in Love

All right, so he fell in love with a coconut. Is that so terrible? And he got music by Mozart to go with it. I can admit that as a single man in my early twenties, I would’ve been better off dating coconuts.

Cats & Dogs & Irritating Toys

None of our cats ever showed the slightest interest in any kind of mechanical toys. Too busy writing sonnets, I guess.

In this video, though, cats and dogs show the toys who’s boss. Better you should just give them paper bags or cardboard boxes.

Cats With a New Box

You know how cats love cardboard boxes–especially the kind that really expensive fancy cat toys come in. Love the box, ignore the toy.

Here are a couple of cats responding to a new box some thoughtful human has provided for them. All are welcome to try to explain what that first cat seems to be looking for.

Substitute Kittens?

Where did these four baby bunnies come from, and why is the cat so cozy with them? Anyone would think she saw them as–well, sort of funny-looking kittens.

The wild bunnies in our neighborhood left much to be desired as mothers. It wouldn’t surprise me if a cat could do a better job.

Cats Undercover

I don’t know. I see the blankets heaving up and down and I think of M.R. James’ classic ghost story, Rats. Ugh.

But really, our cat Buster liked nothing better than to burrow under sheets and blankets and pounce on any human hands or feet that happened to be available. Then again, he never read that story.

Cats Trying to Train Human

There must be something wrong with this guy; but then you can say that about a lot of humans. Here two cats try, very gently, to get the human to modify his strange behavior. There are cats who wouldn’t be so patient.

Cat: ‘So Who Needs Hands?’

(Hmm… what’ll I do with these cat food bags so the cats can’t get at ’em and make a mess? I know: put ’em in the top drawer under the kitchen sink…)

You can see how well that worked. In dealing with cats, always remember that if they have the will, they’ll find a way.

Cat Plays Submarine

I love it when cats do this. I call it “playing submarine.” “Up periscope! Down periscope!” First the ears, then the forehead, then the eyes. “Fire one. Fire two. Submerge!”

Amazing False Fact: The Austrian submarine Fargo was commanded by a cat.

Good Dog, Bad Dog

Cat meets Dog #1. They sniff noses, make friends. Cat meets Dog #2–and chases him up and down and around the block.

What was the difference? Why did the cat like one dog and detest the other one? If we could figure it out, we might get rich. Or smarter.

Appalling Cat Mischief

I don’t know what I’d’ve done if any of my cats had ever stooped to stealing money. Probably plotzed. One of these characters actually picked a human’s pocket. Others dove into purses to pull out the money. And run away with it.

Does this suggest you ought to give your cat an allowance?